Here’s how many millions Danny Amendola gave up to stay a Patriot

What did the Patriots gain? Per Volin, the Patriots decreased Amendola’s cap hit from $6.8 million to just under $3 million. That’s for a receiver who caught 65 passes and totaled 648 yards last season. He might not be the Patriots’ top option, but he’s a reliable target behind Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. When the Patriots lost those guys to injuries at various points last season, Amendola shined.

As Bill Belichick likes to say, Amendola certainly did his job. And the Patriots rewarded Amendola by letting him stick around for another season — and by taking away $4.4 million. Of course, nobody forced Amendola to accept the pay cut, and he could’ve tested free agency to potentially land a more significant pay day. Instead, Amendola seemingly values the chance to play with Brady and win another Super Bowl more than a bigger contract.

By the way, the final year of Amendola’s contract (2017) isn’t guaranteed. So, expect a similar scenario to play out a year from now.

Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte have a history, which would go a long way in explaining why the former described the latter as the NFL’s best all-around running back.

“This is a guy that, to me, over the past eight years has been the best all-around back our league has had,” Marshall told NJ Advance Media. “I think it’s going to be a treat for all of New York to just sit back and watch him really work.

“Since 1992, the Binghamton Mets and New York Mets have been proud affiliates — one of the longest affiliations in the Eastern League,” said team president John Hughes in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be keeping Double-A, New York Mets baseball here in the community but with a new name that everyone in Binghamton can call its own. The new name will bring in a new era that proudly represents a crown jewel of the community.”

The aspect that will get Kemp noticed the most is his body. He’s listed at 5-foot-6, which, in the height-inflated world of pro athletics, means he’s probably closer to 5-foot-4 when barefoot. No matter whether you give him the benefit of a shoe or not, Kemp is one of the shortest players in baseball.

Just how short is Kemp? He’s listed at the same height (66 inches) as teammateJose Altuve, who in turn is tied for the shortest player in baseball with Padresutilityman Alexi Amarista. Baseball-Reference lists two other position players as being within an inch of Altuve: White Sox shortstop Jimmy Rollins and Royals pinch-runner Terrance Gore. Otherwise? Everyone else is listed at 68 inches (including the shortest pitcher, Marcus Stroman) and up.

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Bruce Arians: Robert Nkemdiche ‘bench-pressed a lineman already’

“If I get fined,” Arians told Nkemdiche, “I’m taking it out of your check.”

Though Nkemdiche owned the physical skill set to be a top-10 pick — evidenced by his habit of bench-pressing human beings — off-field concerns and inconsistent production at Ole Miss caused his fall on draft day. The Cardinals eventually took Nkemdiche with the 29th overall pick in the draft.

CBS Sports Senior NFL Columnist Pete Prisco approved of the Cardinals’ risk to draft Nkemdiche, giving the team an A grade for the decision. Along with fellow newcomer Chandler Jones, Nkemdiche should upgrade a defense that failed to generate much pressure without the help of blitz packages last season.

Friday night at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees were humbled byChris Sale and the White Sox, losing the series opener 7-1 (box score). The Yankees went into the game winners of five of their last seven games. Sale shut them right down.

Young right-hander Luis Severino was tattooed for seven runs in only 2 2/3 innings of work on Friday. Even worse, he left the game after grabbing at his elbow while talking to the trainer on the mound. You can see video of the injury right here.

Is this an exercise in futility? Quite possibly.

But that’s what May is for. In a sport in which half a year passes between meaningful games being played, where the offseason is longer than the actual season and, all the while, America obsesses over each and every transaction, well, hell, I figure it’s never too early to throw out a quasi-informed opinion or two. So while I’m not stupid enough to go all out and predict wild-card teams and a Super Bowl result and all of that, I am just dumb enough to try to wade into each division and give a glimpse into how I see it going. Because, again, it’s May and all.

That’s right: He wasn’t spelling Carl Crawford against a lefty like usual. In fact, he wasn’t facing a lefty at all. Both of his home runs came off right-handed hitters, bringing his total to six in 72 at-bats.

He’s up to 11 in 194 at-bats for his career, and because Carl Crawford isn’t setting the world on fire against righties, manager Dave Roberts is open to making a more permanent change in left field, confirming that Thompson would be starting there against another right-hander Tuesday.

“He definitely deserves a little more playing time,” Roberts told MLB.com

So would I stash him? Well, no — at least not in standard mixed leagues — but then again, I wouldn’t say I’m ready to turn back to Manaea either. Chris Towers and I debated this subject last week, when Manaea was coming off his disaster start, and my position holds.

To put it another way here, I believe most every league has more players thatshould be rostered than actually can be rostered. That last layer of rosterables — the “fringies,” as I like to call them — is so deep and has so much elasticity that your best chance of wrangling the true breakthroughs is to cast a wide net.

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Bears expect Leonard Floyd to weigh 230-235 pounds

“The weight thing’s not a big thing with me,” Fangio said Saturday. “He’s going to weigh somewhere between 230 and 235. That’s just what he’s going to weigh. We knew that before we drafted him. So it’s not an issue. We knew that and that’s a fact and that’s what he is.”

Fangio added: “I’m sure there’s going to be a play or two every game where you’re going to say, ‘Jeez, he’s not heavy enough’ or ‘He’s too light.’ Hopefully there’ll be a few plays every game, too, that we say, ‘Well, jeez, we didn’t have anybody who could have done that in the past.’ He is what he is.”

Fangio said the Bears moved up two spots to draft Floyd ninth overall because of his athleticism, length, speed, instincts and versatility.

With the NCAA tourney now in progress, several teams are wearing new March Madness uniforms. The problem is that many of those unis are not so hot, and most of them seem like depressingly rote attempts to move more retail product.

If you want to see a really inspired uniform design that took March Madness by storm, you must go back four decades to the mid-1970s. That’s when Marquette came up with what is still one of the biggest innovations to appear on a basketball court: the untucked jersey.

“Nobody comes to mind immediately, but he’s shown that he’s a good pass-rusher in college,” Fangio said. “He just doesn’t have the numbers to support that on a piece of paper. But a lot of that is due to the way they used him too.”

Sorry, Indiana. Jordan Howard’s heart belongs to The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Howard is still fond of the Hoosiers, the university he transferred to in 2015. Chosen by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round, Howard sparked Indiana’s offense with 134.8 rushing yards per game (second in the Big Ten), 1,213 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns last season.

“He wears all that on his sleeve,” Matheny had said。

There is a fear within the Heat organization that Bosh’s condition will prevent him from ever being cleared to play by team doctors, several sources said. It’s a result of exhaustive consultations with specialists. Something this big and delicate, the sides have gone deep attempting to understand all the options.

It’s forced everyone to confront the possibility of Bosh ultimately being forced into a medical retirement.

Neither the Heat nor Bosh have announced the nature of his medical condition.

Two weeks ago, after months of silence, they released a joint statement that read: “The Heat, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible.”

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NFL fines William Gay, DeAngelo Williams for uniforms publicizing domestic violence, cancer

“There is a long-standing policy for all players regarding uniforms that is league-wide for all 32 teams. The league works with the clubs and players to raise awareness collectively for breast cancer during the month of October.”

The NFL didn’t fine him for dyeing his hair pink or wearing pink toenail polish after Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Earlier this year, Cam Heyward, another Steeler, received a fine for wearing eye black that said “Iron” and “Head” to honor his father, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, who died of cancer in 2006. But last week Heyward wore eye black that said, “Tackle” and “Cancer.” The league approved this eye black and did not fine Heyward.

Slate called the fines hypocritical and blasted the league for only caring about issues if it can further its brand.

But Gay told Kinkhabwala that he’s glad that his fine increases awareness about domestic violence.

“People now know what purple means. We’re taking steps.”

Will Ferrell plans to play ball in spring training — and play ball and play ball and play ball.

The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. He will play for all 10 teams involved, HBO and Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

The Blackhawks’ offense has been solid without Hossa in the mix, scoring nine goals and grabbing three out of a possible four points in the standings despite their overtime loss Wednesday.

The Blackhawks did make a roster tweak earlier this week when they sent Ryan Hartman back to the AHL, and so the team’s third line will have a slightly different make-up for the game. Tanner Kero will remain at center and Marko Dano will play left wing, but Viktor Tikhonov will play on the right side after Hartman was there for the previous three games.

From there, it got worse for the visitors—much worse. At halftime, the Jazz led by 27 points. That difference would jump up to 40 points after three quarters.

The fourth quarter started with Bryant coming out for a short stint on the court, but Lakers coach Byron Scott pulled out his aging superstar almost immediately in order to allow the crowd to acknowledge Bryant’s exit. Bryant got a standing ovation and heard his name chanted loudly and clearly.

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Anisimov, Hossa Among Hawks Out vs. Blues Thursday

Also out for the Blackhawks are three different forwards, including Artem Anisimov, who was knocked out of Tuesday’s win over the Arizona Coyotes after being slammed into the boards by Antoine Vermette. Joel Quenneville is optimistic that Anisimov will be ready for the postseason, but he’s not taking any chances with a critical piece of the team’s vaunted second line.

The player who normally would replace Hossa on the top line is also out however, as Andrew Shaw will miss another game. His prognosis is less rosy for the playoffs, as the team hasn’t made a ruling on when or if he’ll be back in the near future.

Finally, Duncan Keith will miss his fourth game due to the suspension that he received after slashing Charlie Coyle in the face in a game against the Minnesota Wild last month.

As for how the Blackhawks will lineup, Quenneville has been forced to get creative with his roster. Jonathan Toews and Andrew Ladd will be joined by Richard Panik, who scored a goal in Tuesday’s win over Arizona. Teuvo Teravainen will also move back up in the rotation after the Anisimov injury, centering Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane.

The bottom two lines are where things get really interesting. Andrew Desjardins will serve as the third line center in Thursday’s game, with Bryan Bickell and Dale Weise as his wingers, and Marcus Kruger will take care of fourth line duties with Tomas Fleischmann and Brandon Mashinter.

Fortunately for the Blackhawks, they aren’t the only ones who will be shorthanded on Thursday night. The Blues will be missing captain David Backes, and they’ll also be without Steve Ott in the game. Jay Bouwmeester is questionable as well, according to the team.

Last year, more than 200,000 people visited the new draft experience for pro-football fans, which included a free-family venue known as “Draft Town.” The attraction allowed fans to test their football skills – from kicking a field goal to running a 40-yard dash against a virtual NFL player.

Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, the Predators also won on Saturday, leaving the Blackhawks with a slim two-point lead with seven regular season games left to play.

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Bengals reportedly give Marvin Lewis a one-year extension

Despite failing to make it out of the first round of the playoffs for the seventh-straight season, the Bengals extended Marvin Lewis, according to a report.

Of course, this is the Internet though, where nothing can ever be deleted.

The Bengals are a consistently talented team in the NFL throughout the regular season. They don’t play well in the playoffs, and it stings, but there have been extenuating circumstances at different points for those games.

Lewis shouldn’t get a free pass for the playoff games, which is precisely why he’s only getting a one-year deal, but the Bengals could do much, much worse than Lewis.

As we wait for the start of Eagles camp, it is time to start grabbing a jersey or two to wear this season. The Eagles have a lot of new players to choose from to replace a jersey you might own of a player that has departed.

One jersey that is flying off the shelves for Birds fans, is the Tim Tebow jersey. That’s right…Tebow.

Lewis is still the second-longest tenured coach in the NFL behind the Patriots’ Bill Belichick — the willingness of the Bengals to be patient with his franchise development is a reason Cincinnati is consistent in a difficult era to be a quality NFL team year in and year out.

You would think at a certain point the whole “Johnny Manziel to the Broncos” train would stop moving. Like, before it got out of the station.

Apparently it won’t stop though. Not too long after Gary Kubiak and Denver talked to Manziel, we got Von Miller, Super Bowl 50 MVP and another former player at Texas A&M,talking about his buddy again.

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Lakers’ Young Addresses Video Implying He Cheated on Azalea

Los Angeles Lakers rookie D’Angelo Russell and teammate Nick Young addressed a media firestorm Wednesday after Russell allegedly recorded secret video of Young talking about encounters with women other than his fiancée, rapper Iggy Azalea.

“I wish I could make things better right away, but I can’t,” he said.

In responding to a question about whether he knew how the video had leaked, Russell said, “honestly, no,” adding, “It was for my eyes, his eyes only.”

“I don’t have a clue how that got out there,” Russell said. “If I know the answer to that I would let you guys know. I didn’t put that out there.”

He ended by saying “the damage has been done.”

“The best thing you can do is own up to it, and that’s what I did,” Russell said. “I’m owning up to it to full effect and taking what comes with it.”

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has been suspended for six games by the NHL for his slash against Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle, the league’s Department of Player Safety announced Friday.

Keith was assessed a 10-minute match penalty for the play, which carried with it an automatic ejection from the contest and a suspension for the Blackhawks’ game Friday night against the Winnipeg Jets.

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